Shinji Kagawa’s performance against Holland has been lauded as one of his best in recent times as he helped inspire a turnaround as Japan came from two goals down to draw 2-2.
The 24-year-old didn’t start the match due to feeling a slight discomfort in his right ankle but made a real impact when he came on at half time.
His incisive passing proved and smart movement helped Japan to take the game to Holland and put the 2010 World Cup runners up under real pressure that eventually paid off when Honda equalised in the 60th minute, finishing off a wonderful team move.
The only thing that Kagawa can do to show Moyes that he should start him in every game is put in performances like this. Actions speak louder than words for any footballer and confidence on the pitch is everything.
United fans should take heart from the fact that Kagawa is embracing the competition for places rather than dragging his heels and with cameo performances like this, he’ll get more opportunities in the position he so desperately wants.